So, among other things, I found time to go online and catch the coverage of Mardi Gras and Carnival.
It looks like Mardi Gras has been helping the economy:
Mardi Gras Big Business Along Gulf Coast by associatedpress
And the tradition of king cake is alive and well:
And folks were wild as ever:
New Orleans Mardi Gras 2012 from Dave Hotstream on Vimeo.
As for Carnival down in Brazil, I found two YouTube channels that provide more Carnival coverage than I'm going to have time to watch: Carnaval Completo, and Desfile Completo.
In Rio, it was all about Brazil's African heritage, and even the horrors of slavery were made to look dazzling:
Beauty and the monstrous marched down the Sambadrome:
It mixed with usual feather-festooned PreColumbianoid fantasies into a vision that could have been Atlantis, Lemuria, or what the world is coming to in the 21st century:
And now that it's Lent, I'll have to settle to amusing myself with videos of bullfights and riots until the crucifixion season begins.
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